Side note: Probably should have given it to her, in case something like this happened, but oh well. I, also, later found out that Maggie had only enough change for a text and not a phone call, thus why I got hung up on.
I get a call a little while later from Maggie. I go out to meet her by the train station, which is a short distance walk to my apartment and the adventure begins…officially. We get to my apartment and guess what!? The elevator is broken. At this point, Maggie asks me what floor I live on. I start laughing and in between chuckles say, “the 4th.” A man comes out from behind a door, which I assume leads to the elevator mechanical stuff, and says it should be working. We get in and it “worked.” It had a little trouble with opening the door, but we didn’t get stuck!! BONUS!! Once Maggie got settled, showered, and fed, we headed to the
Day 2: We walked through the Royal Botanical Gardens, past the Opera House and Circular Quay. Then we met Karen for lunch in Westfield Mall, where the
Day 3: Got up and headed to Paddy’s Markets and got our cheesy, tourist gift buying on. When we had finished shopping, we went to the
Side note: Going to Katoomba is like going up north for us back home (not much street lighting).
Once we finished breaking in, we turned on the heat and left for the grocery store since we could more or less see our breath in the house. We just happened to find the liquor store before the grocery store, so we stopped there to grab some beer for the weekend. After we got back from the stores, we decided to watch a movie. Once we figured out the TV and put the volume as high as it would allow to faintly drown out the mechanical buzz that was pulsating from the speakers, and covered ourselves in blankets, we were both passed out by 10:00pm. Do we know how to party or what!?
Day 4: We both got up pretty early, although, oddly, it had nothing to do with the roosters and more of the time we had gone to sleep. We had a nice, leisurely morning and got to see the house in the light. It was beautiful!!! Later, we headed to the
Day 5: We got up, got our stuff together, and headed to
Day 6: I woke up not feeling too well, so we abandoned our plans to go to the zoo and stayed in to watch the Olympics. For dinner, we headed down to the Woolloomooloo Dwarfs and I treated Maggie to her birthday dinner! Later, we packed our bags and got organized to leave for
Day 7: CAMPERVAN DAY HAS ARRIVED. Maggie and I got up before the sun rose and flew to
Side note: I should mention that I did have one professional lesson because the person who said he could teach me ending up not having time to do it.
We arrived, parked, and Lesley came down to get us. She took us up to their apartment; we walked through the door and just about dropped our bags. Their view is gorgeous!!!!!!! To start, it has a 180 degree view of the ocean, huge balcony, and it was sunny with clear, blue skies! We got settled in and had a cup of tea. Lesley then showed us how to get into Freemantle using the free bus and showed us around town for a bit while we waited for Gavin to get done with work. Once he was done, we went to Little Creatures Brewery and had a delicious dinner. The brewery was amazing and the restaurant and bar area was inside the brewery, which I thought was amazing! We headed back to their apartment and Maggie and I were exhausted, so we headed to bed…at 9:00pm. Again, party animals!!
Day 8: Because Maggie and I went to bed before most children do, we both woke up pretty early. When we both had gotten ready and packed up our stuff, we headed to
Day 9: Maggie and I not only wake up to rain, but also we had to use the restroom and were freezing. Needless to say, we held it as long as we could (an hour, which is pretty impressive, in my opinion) and then bolted to the bathrooms. At this point, I was wide awake and had to coax Maggie to get ready, which as some of you know is like trying herd cats. We headed down all the way to the bottom of
Day 10: This morning we woke up to rain again, and thought against about making our way to
Day 11: Our last day in
Day 12: The next morning we both woke up pretty early (as per usual on this trip since we didn’t stay up past midnight the whole time). We heard the Melbourne Aquarium was pretty good, so we headed there first. It was probably 100 times better than the Sydney Aquarium and I love the aquarium here! We spent 2 ½ hours there and didn’t even realize it until we looked at our phones to check the time. Next we went to Chill- on Bar. It’s a bar where everything is made out of ice and there weren’t any pictures allowed, so I can’t show you what awesome Eskimos we made, but we looked ridiculous! After that, we bought tickets for a river shuttle. It was just ok, mostly because we couldn’t really hear what the guide was saying. We got to bring a bottle of wine on the tour and we kind of figured out most of landmarks ourselves, so all-in-all still a win. J A little while after the river cruise was over, it started to rain so we headed to the nearest bar, P.J. O’Brian’s we could find and ended up staying there for a few drinks and my birthday dinner!!!!
Side note: We weren’t together for our birthday’s so we celebrated while we were together we did!
Day 13: I woke up and realized Maggie was leaving the next day, so obviously I did what any normal friend would do and hustled her out of our lovely hostel room and packed in as much as possible! We headed to the Rod Laver Arena on the free
Day 14: The last day, of course, came too soon, but we flew back to